The aim of the event had more to do with charity than it did Shelbys. Entrants paid a registration fee of $30 to have their vehicle presented at the event. All the proceeds benefit the Warrior Foundation Freedom Station, an organization working to help military veterans adjust to civilian life.
“We were invited to be the charity-of-choice. We support the injured warriors. We work to give our troops everything the government can’t or won’t on a daily basis… One of the biggest things we do is we raise money and ensure every injured warrior home for Christmas,” WWFS spokesperson Judy Sexton explained. “Nobody takes a paycheck. We sell shirts, hats, cookbooks, pins, decals to raise money.”
Kevin Flynn's bumble-bee '65 Mustang Fastback (top left) was once "a bare-naked abandoned shell," which he configured with a 427 stroker. The red GT500 (top right) belongs to J. Bittle of JBA. Tom Henry’s ’66 GT350 (bottom) packs a 289 Hi-Po boosted by a Paxton supercharger, which tacks on 40 horsepower. It took home a trophy at the show.
Despite the Shelby name in SAAC, the event also hosted Mustangs, Tigers, replicas, classic Fords, and more, including a German-imported Escort rally-car coupe. With 125 cars on display, there was something for everyone.
For more on the SoCal SAAC shows, you can check out the club’s official site here.